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Fusing strips

Postby Rebecca M. » Fri Apr 02, 2004 12:42 pm

I fused together a block of 3/8" strips about 5"X7" as an experiment for a design I'm trying to work out involving cutting the block up, adding another element and fusing it back together. It worked fine except for the look of the lines from the strips. The top of the block is fully fused together, the bottom is as well only I can feel tiny tiny ridges. It's also got a more linear look I like, so I'm going to flip it over and use the bottom as the top.

I was wondering about the tiny ridges though. Any avoidance techniques? I kept the totally fused side up during the second fuse because I wasn't thinking that the bottom wouldn't totally fuse smooth. Also I didn't realize that I'd like the bottom better.

Right now I'm using diamond hand pads to try and get it smooth. My triceps would like to know if this is a job better suited for a sandblaster. Not that I have a set-up, but DH does at his shop that can fit a whole engine block inside, and if he'd just set up the pressure pot I could use it.
Should I; a) go kick his arse in gear, b) look ahead and flip the piece so the bottom becomes the top, c) continue with the hand pads, or d) other?

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Postby Jackie Beckman » Fri Apr 02, 2004 12:45 pm

Should I; a) go kick his arse in gear, b) look ahead and flip the piece so the bottom becomes the top, c) continue with the hand pads, or d) other?


E - all of the above.

All of my pieces are fired upsidedown, all are sandblasted, all have handpads involved, and most have some "other" thrown in too.

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Postby Rebecca M. » Fri Apr 02, 2004 1:15 pm

Thanks Jackie. I think A is going to be hardest to accomplish. Back to working on Triceps of Steel. Too bad nothing else is of Steel. :?

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Postby Barbara Muth » Fri Apr 02, 2004 5:11 pm

Jackie, my mind just got boggled. Are you saying that your intricate color dances are fired upside down in the initial firing? (or just upside down when you frame them)?

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Postby Jackie Beckman » Fri Apr 02, 2004 5:17 pm

Barbara Muth wrote:Jackie, my mind just got boggled. Are you saying that your intricate color dances are fired upside down in the initial firing? (or just upside down when you frame them)?

Barbara


Color dances . . . gee, I like that. I've been trying to think of something to call my inserts - other than "inserts"

Anyway, you can "unboggle" - I fire the color-dances (I'm testing the phrase) face up first and then all subsequent firings are face down.

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Postby Barbara Muth » Fri Apr 02, 2004 7:52 pm

If they aren't dances they are symphonies. Somehow dancing seemed to fit your personality better in my mind...

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